Professor Allison teaches Management Communication, with a focus on public speaking, team writing, dialogue, and multimodal communication.
Her research merges social cognitive theory, performance studies, and voice-based rhetoric to explore the ways that people work, play, and communicate in groups. She is especially interested in the impacts of collaboration and vocalization on college writing education. With the support of UVA’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Scholars program, she recently launched a multiyear study investigating the link between social learning and students’ overall confidence in writing and public speaking.
Prior to joining McIntire, Professor Allison taught courses in writing, literature, health humanities, and science communications at Emory University and the Department of English at UVA. She holds a doctoral degree in English Literature, and continues to write and publish on Victorian poetry and rhythm, Wagnerian opera, and Freudian psychoanalysis.